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Hard times for the big boys

ben-blogFor more than 30 years, Oregon Business has ranked the state’s top 150 private companies by revenue. This year’s results are in, and they are not encouraging. 2009 was one of the worst years ever for the state’s most important private sector employers — if not the worst.

On the Scene: Good, clean beer

sceneblogbwNeon pink wrist-banded beer lovers teetered around North Portland’s Overlook Park this weekend for the 6th annual North American Organic Brewer Festival. It wasn't just about booze and frivolity; the organic beer market has more than doubled over five years.

Editor's Notes: Thinking big in Baker

robin-BLOGTiny, beautiful Baker City has, like most rural Oregon towns, long struggled to create new business and jobs out of the ashes of its natural resources industry. The seat of a remote county with a population of only 16,000, Baker suffers from high unemployment but it does not suffer from a lack of trying.

Jobs Watch: Nike boots, scores

ben-blogNike is hiring again in Beaverton after a turbulent recessionary run punctuated by a 5% downsizing last May. The company has posted openings in information technology, operations, human resources, communications and the House of Hoops, has just hired a new Chief Learning Officer and is sprinting into a new fiscal year with momentum and focus.

Timbers season ticket sales spike

thelatestThe Portland Timbers have snagged 1,000 season ticket deposits over the past 10 days for their 2011 Major League Soccer inaugural season, as World Cup buzz intensifies and Oregon fans look forward to hitting the big time next April.

Rain has been berry, berry bad

thelatestSummer officially started this week, finally. This month has set a record for the wettest June ever and it isn’t over yet. The same cool, gray weather that has been depriving us of vitamin D is also  really cutting into berry farm revenue.

On The Scene: Bringing local downtown

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Farmer's markets aren't recession-proof, but it's not a bad time to be a vendor in Portland. This year brings the Portland farmers market's largest expansion to date, with a new market downtown on Mondays and another on Thursdays at NW 23rd. These expansions show a greater desire to bring farm-fresh produce to an expanding and diversifying audience.

Marijuana advocates plan to appeal reclassification

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The Oregon Board of Pharmacy announced Thursday that it would remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule I Controlled Substances” to a Schedule II classification – meaning the board recognizes that marijuana does have an acceptable medical use. Oregon is the first state in the nation to take such a step, contradicting the federal government's stance on marijuana. But advocates still are disappointed and plan to appeal.

ClearEdge scores $40 million in Korea - next stop Oregon?

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ClearEdge, the fuel cell company headquartered in Hillsboro, made major headlines last week by announcing a $40 million agreement with Korea's LS Industrial Systems.  Despite being an Oregon company ClearEdge has yet to target Oregon as a market. Mike Upp, ClearEdge's Vice President of marketing said that is about to change.